The Mission of Preservation Chelsea

It is our mission to preserve Chelsea as a village rich with history and charm, reflected by historic buildings, surrounding farmlands, and as found in our beautiful and vibrant village center. We aim to work through education, offering to ourselves and the community the history of Chelsea as well as the issues shaping our future. We intend actively to preserve historic landmarks and to have a voice in all issues that affect any possible de-centralization of our village. It is our intention to pursue this mission with full involvement and input from merchants and citizens of Chelsea and to act in ways that make sense for the preservation of Chelsea's charm and historic integrity while supporting a vibrant and successful downtown.

Federal Screw Works

Federal Screw Works
This property has been under threat of total demolition since 2008--there are historically signficant and architecturally interesting sections that should be preserved!

Jackson Street Panorama

Jackson Street Panorama
The DDA voted at the meeting on 9.20.12 to demolish the Daniels Addition Car Showroom despite the letter from the State Historic Preservation Office. (please read below)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Scroll down to see the educational posters around town!

Preservation Chelsea has received a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area to raise awareness of the importance of the Longworth buildings to Michigan’s automotive history.

Preservation Chelsea is using the funds to display interpretive posters illustrating the connections between the buildings and Chelsea’s transportation history. The posters were created by John Pappas, a local graphic designer, and will be displayed in downtown locations over the coming months.

The Longworth complex, located on Jackson Street near the Chelsea Depot, consists of three buildings. At one time, they consisted of a livery stable for horses and carriages, a manufac-turing facility and an automobile showroom.

The Welch automobile was first manufactured in Chelsea in 1903 in the central Mack Building and, from the late 1940s to the early 60s, the Daniels’ Art Moderne showroom displayed Oldsmobiles and Buicks.

The mission of MotorCities National Heritage Area, an affiliate of the National Park Service, is to preserve and communicate the story of automotive and labor history in Southeast Michigan. A goal of the MotorCities program is to promote education, interpretation and tourism initiatives related to Michigan’s automotive heritage.

Preservation Chelsea is working with other community partners to conserve elements of Chelsea’s transportation history as a resource for its future. This effort is part of Preservation Chelsea’s overall mission of maintaining the charm and historic integrity of the community while supporting a vibrant and successful downtown.

For more information about the Longworth buildings’ past and present, visit

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